Those Eylure 143's are my immediate fast track to feeling pretty and without them I have generally felt like a piggy-eyed plain Jane.
For the past month however I have been more than occasionally skipping the lashes and opting for a lash-tactic mascara instead. We cannot overstate this - in my makeup world this is news of seismic proportions.
I, like most of you, am very demanding with my mascara. I'm inwardly laughing at myself when I make such a statement because....its only bloody lashes! However, if it is possible to create a colour darker than black then I want it embodied within the formula, it must define, add volume and width to the actual lashes and under no circumstances can it flake. Alright?
MUFE Smokey Lash and Bourjois Volume One Seconde and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D have been my most recent favourites and now I can add Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume to the mix.
I got sent this and it arrived in an over the top press package, complete with a video from both the lead designer and make up artist, explaining the product. As impressive as this might be it always sets off alarm bells and the sceptic in me wonders if they have invested all the capital in marketing rather than product performance.
I can happily report that this is one of those amazing products that deserves both a shout out and a rapid repurchase. You know those mascaras that are good from day 1? Well this is like that.
The premise is the look of false lashes and a reported / bollocks sounding 1800% increase in volume. Ya, okay...how is that quantified exactly?
All I know is that the brush is of fairly standard variety but the formula is extremely dark, leaving you with a defined lash line, rich looking lashes, and creating that thickness that helps me forget the falsies. It's easy to remove at the end of the day and in the moments leading up to this point there is no flaking and minimal transfer on my brow bone.
However, all good things must come to an end and this is one of those mascara's whose longevity would be hard pressed to last 6 weeks. Reach that point and it starts to dry out and become trickier to work with.
The other downer to note is that the wand likes to store product. Over repeated use you will notice that it is deeply coated and as a result will lead to some clumping. As a spider lash lover I don't hate this but the little ball of product that seems to appear at the end of the wand is less welcome and needs to be wiped off.
So the ultimate question? After getting this as a freebie would I spend my own money and pick it up for myself?
Yes. Without question and I am planning to do so in the next week. It costs around $26 and if we are talking price versus quality ratio, I am happy to shell out for it.
What's your favourite mascara right now?